by Dr. James Bledsoe, Kenya Theological Education Team, Baptist Mission of Kenya
The biblical mandate for theological education is to teach and train church leaders and missionaries in sound doctrine and practice. The pursuit to see students become workers who rightly handle the Scriptures, become examples of the Chief Shepherd, and carry out the mission of God demands both mentoring and accountability. Field education is essential. Yet, for most institutions field education is only a small part of their curriculum while the higher proportion of education is delivered inside a classroom. But what if that ratio was flipped? Imagine the impact that intentional mentoring and accountability through field education would have on the individual, the church, the mission. This presentation will consider three case studies of approaches to providing mentoring and accountability through field education that keeps theological education married to the church.